Spam and criminal activity
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 526
Mamoun Alazab and Roderic Broadhurst
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, December 2016
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Abstract | The rapid growth of the internet is transforming how we engage and communicate. It also creates new opportunities for fraud and data theft. One way cybercriminals exploit the vulnerabilities of new technologies and potential victims is the use of deceptive emails on a massive scale.
In a sample of more than 13 million emails identified as spam, more than 100,000 contained malicious attachments; nearly 1.4 million contained malicious web links. If opened, these attachments and links could infect the recipients’ devices with software that allows cybercriminals to remotely access them.
This paper describes how crime groups
increasingly adopt novel approaches to
cybercrime. Increased law enforcement
capacity, the cultivation of high-level
coordination between industry,
government and police, and the further
development of machine learning
techniques should be at the forefront of government initiatives in this area.